Sweet story with life lessons to boot

JILLIAN ALLISON-AITKEN
Last updated 13:00 18/04/2014

BOOK REVIEW: Little Truff and the Siamese Cat
By Ann Russell (annrussellwriter.com, RRP $26.50 including postage)

The second of a planned trio of books featuring the cute Little Truff, a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel.

My parents had a Cav: he was decidedly dizzy and even in old age displayed the silliness of a young pup. In later life he lost an eye and their cat was delighted to discover the dog's blind spot and spent many an hour stalking poor Bonny, leaping out at him in glee from that no man's land of vision.

Aside from that, they were good mates and I always had a soft spot for that demented little dog, which is why I was taken by this book the moment I laid eyes on the cover: a Cav, and a cat. What more could you want?

Author Ann Russell is a staunch supporter of stopping testing on animals and her Little Truff books have been written with the help of animal welfare groups - the SPCA, the New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society and the inspiration for the stories is Russell's own pet, a previously abused rescue dog by the name of Truffle (or "Little Truff").

In this full-on adventure story, Truff is kidnapped by her former owner and new friend Chloe (the Siamese cat in the equation) follows her trail to help her.

It's a sweet little story with a happy ending but manages more than a few tense moments and thought-provoking life lessons along the way.

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